Our Blog Page Page Icon  

Our Blog.

Humans writing words that span topics from support to design to content management and beyond!


Beware of fake Microsoft Techs calling your house


A few weeks ago I got a call from a fairly convincing scammer pretending to be a technician from Microsoft claiming that my computer was infected with many viruses and needed to be cleaned (with their help) right away.  The fact that they called my at 10:30 pm on a Tuesday evening was my first clue that it was bogus.  My second clue is that I know that Microsoft does not have my information to be calling me at home.


I decided to have some fun and play along with them for a bit to see what they were up to.  I figured that the longer I kept them on the phone the less time they would have to be taking advantage of others who may not have recognized as quickly what they were up to.  Ultimately their goal is to get you to buy "Virus Software" (fake) to fix your computer for a few hundred dollars while they also end up with access to your computer.


I let it go on for about 15 - 20 minutes until they were clearly getting frustrated with me and my inability to follow their instructions (on purpose of course).  I then decided to see if I could scare them and told them that I had intentionally kept them on the phone long enough to use the special phone tracing software (not true) I had and that I would be contacting the police as soon as we hung up.  They hung up very quickly.


Microsoft will never call you to tell you about a virus on your computer. So, if you get the same call you can either have some fun with them like I did - or hang up.


Please make sure you share this with others to prevent them from getting tricked.  I was surprised about the call but found out the next day they had also tried it on my sister and mother.  Clearly they are focusing on the Waterloo Region.  


Have you had the same call?

view all comments (1) add a comment
Subscribe to this Blog Like on Facebook Tweet this! Share on LinkedIn


Contributor Portrait
Brad Anderson
May 21, 2019
show Brad's posts
Contributor Portrait
Rob Matlow
April 17, 2019
show Rob's posts
Contributor Portrait
Christine Votruba
January 18, 2019
show Christine's posts
Contributor Portrait
Todd Hannigan
November 13, 2018
show Todd's posts
Contributor Portrait
Sean Sanderson
May 8, 2017
show Sean's posts
Contributor Portrait
Matt Stern
March 22, 2017
show Matt's posts
Contributor Portrait
Sean McParland
January 23, 2017
show Sean's posts
Contributor Portrait
Ryan Covert
August 4, 2016
show Ryan's posts

Latest Posts

Show All Recent Posts



Everything Content Management Technology Design Holidays Off Topic Support New Features Personal Gaming New Clients SEO REM News Project Management Account Management Training Marketing
Home Our Work Our Team Our Services WebWiz@rd™ Support Contact Us  


72 St Leger Street, Unit 2

Kitchener, ON, N2H 6R4

P: 519 884 4111 | TF: 1 866 754 4111 sales@remwebsolutions.com


Footer bullet Client Centre Login


Accessibility & Compliance Privacy Policy
© Copyright 2019 REM Web Solutions. All Rights Reserved.
Web Design and Content Management by REM Web Solutions.
FaceBook Twitter Linked In YouTube Instagram our blog